Displays offer historical look at nursing education

Mark Lubrick takes in displays on the history of Windsor’s Metropolitan School of Nursing.Mark Lubrick, a learning specialist in the Office of Open Learning, takes in Leddy Library displays on the history of Windsor’s Metropolitan School of Nursing.

Two displays in the Leddy Library celebrate National Nursing Week, May 8 to 14, with materials on the local history of nursing education.

Bulletin boards and glass cases opposite the service desk on the library’s exhibit photos and documents from the archive of the Metropolitan School of Nursing, which trained nurses in Windsor until 1974, when the province assigned those programs to its community colleges.

“The displays give a glimpse into not only the history of the Metropolitan School of Nursing, but also what it was like being a nursing student in the 1950s and ’60s,” says Helen Power, information services librarian. “I hope people will come check it out!”

Librarian Art Rhyno and history professor Steven Palmer have created an online archive to house scrapbooks compiled and annotated by Kathleen Moderwell, the school’s director from 1960 to its closing. View the archive: http://met.scholarsportal.info/.